Council’s real estate deals questioned

108 Old Cleveland Road, Capalaba was sold in April 2015 by RIC

With the stated aim of making money, Redland City Council decided in late 2014 to set up its own real estate development company – the Redland Investment Corporation (RIC). A plan to sell several blocks of ‘surplus’ Council parkland was envisaged but community outrage during City Plan consultation put this in the category of ‘seemed […]

Saving The White House – at Victoria Point

The future of a neighbourhood centre which hosts small businesses and generates local employment is under threat – from medium density residential zoning in the Redland City Plan. The White House’s owners, and the people who operate small businesses from here, hope the community will support their petition to stay in business. The White House […]

Transport challenges and opportunities in the Redlands in this week’s letters

Letters this week are about the worsening transport challenges that the Redlands faces. One local thinks we should follow many other Australian and overseas communities and offer regular free minibus transport to get around during the day. And another resident asks if the often-spruiked dedicated bus lane between Coorparoo to Capalaba is just a cruel joke. […]

Council discusses political donations at its meeting on 4 November

Draft City Plan submissions due 27 November The deadline for submissions about the Draft City Plan 2015 is 27 November 2015. The Council’s final consultation activity is scheduled for Capalaba College Markets on Sunday 15 November from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Redlands2030 has updated its City Plan submissions page and published several articles about City […]

Transitioning Queensland to Clean Energy

Our Sunshine State has a world class solar resource, and good wind, wave and biomass resources. So people often ask me, “What would it take for Queensland to transition away from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy (RE), combined with energy efficiency? Is it technically and economically possible to do this?” The answer to the […]

Broadband is the key infrastructure for the 21st century

Earlier this month, the US Broadband Opportunity Council declared that broadband is “taking its place alongside water, sewer and electricity as essential infrastructure for communities”. Descriptors like “very fast” (Australia), “superfast” (UK), “ultra-fast” (New Zealand) or “ultra-high speed” (Singapore) reinforce the message that speed is an essential component of good broadband. But what would a […]

Aquaculture, working against domestic violence and other Redland City Council news

Draft City Plan 2015 Consultation about the Council’s proposed new planning scheme has been underway for two weeks. An issue of concern to many people and groups in the community is Council’s plan to rezone many small parks and conservation areas for residential development, discussed in this Redlands2030 report. City Plan information sessions this week: […]

Questions about ‘operational’ role of Redland City Council’s Development reference group

It’s 10 months since Redlands2030 started to investigate the Redland City Council’s Development Industry Reference Group. We’ve uncovered a tale of regular closed door meetings between senior council planners and major developers so secret not even the names of those present were ever to be publicly released. The conversations were just as secret until Council […]

Political donations and conflicts of interest in Redland City Council

Are Redland City councillors always acting in the public interest? They constantly make decisions which can greatly benefit individuals and business. Contracts worth millions of dollars are at stake. Favorable planning and approval decisions can make landowners in the ‘right’ area enormously wealthy, with the potential to make property more valuable overnight. Councillors must exercise […]

Eight storey hotel approval questioned by residents

Where can you get approval for an eight story building in a five storey zone? Redland City Council recently approved such an application leaving many to wonder why the City bothers to have a planning scheme. It seems  as if this is a City where developers are encouraged to do mostly whatever they want to. […]

Redland City PlanningAlerts now available

Lots of developments in Redland City are approved for construction without publicity. Residents can be surprised when heavy earthmoving machinery rumbles into their street at 6:00 am to start work on a new development. Under the current Redland City planning scheme, many developments are “Code Assessable” which means that the public is not made aware […]

Letters about koalas, Toondah Harbour and new apartment blocks in Capalaba

Letters to Redlands2030

This week’s community comments deal with the sad state of koala politics, missed economic opportunities for the new Toondah Harbour development to connect to the Cleveland CBD and the predicted traffic chaos on narrow Capalaba streets when six 6-storey towers are built. Koala politics – why people have no confidence in pollies One has to […]

The Coalition’s NBN – a huge waste of money

Despite his earlier fervent opposition and having voted very strongly against the National Broadband Network (NBN) under Labor, in recent times Federal Member for Bowman, Andrew Laming, has become something of an NBN evangelist, wildly spruiking the Coalition’s ‘Fast, Affordable, Sooner’ claims. I count no less than ten articles in local press over the past […]